Back on the 18th and 19th of March, there was a weekend event at Lansdowne Park for hockey fans. I paid a visit on the afternoon of the 19th. The National Hockey League was part of the whole affair, with the Stanley Cup set up for people to have their photos done in its presence. There was a long line up for that when I passed through the Aberdeen Pavilion, which was hosting part of the occasion. This was actually my second time in two days that I'd been close to the Cup- check this post from earlier in April if you missed it. Lots of Canadians love the game; if this year's final features an all-Canadian match-up, it would both please many fans while blowing the last gasket in what passes for a brain of that bloody prat NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman. That's a win-win either way. Well, not so much for Bettman, but we've already established he's a bloody prat.
There was a floor hockey game going on inside too.
A large video screen was set up, showing hockey action. Legends of the game were portrayed to either side of the screen.
There was a mobile museum as part of the weekend, showing items from past and present players of the game, such as these old fashioned skates.
The evolution of hockey goalie masks over the decades caught my eye.
As did these jerseys. One of them is an all star jersey from times past, while another would have been worn by a ref. But the rest of them are for teams that have come and gone through the history of professional hockey- the Colorado Rockies, the California Golden Seals, the Cleveland Barons, Montreal Maroons, New York Americans, St. Louis Eagles, and Philadelphia Quakers.
I have more from this event tomorrow, but I'll leave off with this interior view of the Pavilion and the activities that were going on.